I'm one of the biggest GN'R fan ever. I've been listening to GN'R almost everyday since 1991. I've always been there, I've always suported the band, even when Slash and Duff left (and believe me, as an old fan, that was VERY hard for me when the old band broke-up). I even supported the Clown line-up in 2002.
But today, I lost a lot of respect for Axl. I don't know how the Mexicans are, but if Axl even TRIES to do this in France next time, the French audience is gonna kill him.
While I think beginning the gig and hour and a half late requires and apology, your non-stop "France this, and French that" comments are ludicrous at best. I have to admit, after reading your posts--most of which were extremely negative leading up the the show in Paris last year and are now a bit more tempered--I was very curious about how the French perceive Americans in general and GnR. Just being back from a nine day trip to Paris, I can say first of all that France is a wonderful country, with wonderful people. Secondly, I went to three bars in Paris. Each of which I spent a significant amount of time in, and each of which I became familiar with the bartender and waitresses. I must say, one of the bars in the Latin quarter, was the last spot Jim Morrison was seen alive on July 1st, and was loaded with hipsters, French college students, young American and European college students, and more beautiful women than any bar I have been to in quite some time. In other words, the hippest of the hip--from around the world were there. Each night, GNR was played multiple times. Each night, it received the best reaction from those at the bar. People sang the songs, dancing, word for word in the bar. Same at the other establisments I went to. After leaving the bar, I went to an underground (literally, basement) impromtu-rave, fusion, jazz, electronica jam which was full of the same hipsters--all worldly, all into GNR, and all fucking beautiful, brilliant people. To make a long story short, I believe the French would not mind a late start and most definitely would not "kill" him. Truthfully, people do not even go to dinner in Paris until 9:30 or 10 p.m.--and usually stay for at least two hours. The French, I found, were fans, and of any place in the world, would most likely enjoy a post midnight beginning.